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1201  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GRAW - Out Tomorrow in Many Stores on: March 08, 2006, 08:55:17 PM
Caught the BB floor monkeys unpacking, by the time I had mine in hand there was a cluster of people lined up for the rest.  I think they sold out post haste, so I'm lucky I got mine.
1202  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] New content on Live : PGR3 Demo, BF2 video and more! on: March 08, 2006, 04:55:28 PM
The CoD demo is new.  It was on kiosks/demo disks for ages, but just hit Live a few weeks ago (if that).
1203  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] College Hoops 2k6 - Gold on: March 08, 2006, 03:57:35 PM
How's my Red Storm in the game, and where do they play their home games?  If it's Carnasecca Arena and not MSG, I might need to pick it up.  Doubly so if they practice in Taffner Field House.  smile
1204  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Ghost Recon - Co Op Interest on: March 08, 2006, 03:40:57 AM
In, if I can get myself a copy.
1205  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FNR3: Official Lockdown Knockdown Tourney (Sign up here) on: March 08, 2006, 03:04:28 AM
I'll fight KnucklesWhite soon as I see him on again.
1206  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GRAW - Out Tomorrow in Many Stores on: March 08, 2006, 03:02:38 AM
Damn.  I want this bad now.  I'm tempted to do the unthinkable and head out to Ye Olde EBGames on 34th street, on the off chance that they actually have any copies that weren't preordered.
1207  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GRAW - Out Tomorrow in Many Stores on: March 07, 2006, 05:58:37 PM
Best Buy here in Manhattan says they won't be in until Friday.  I may check EB/Gamestop if I feel like walking after work, but I'd much rather spend quality time during my spring break relaxing rather than walking around looking for a game that may or may not be out.
1208  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GRAW - Out Tomorrow in Many Stores on: March 07, 2006, 03:24:15 PM
I'll be swinging by Best Buy at lunch, hopefully it'll be shelved there.
1209  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Outfit Demo on Marketplace... on: March 06, 2006, 09:37:42 PM
Quote from: "Scott"
Single player too, or just a multiplayer demo?


Multi only.

Got in a quick round, and it pretty much bargain-binned the game for me (before, I had slight interest, but much more in GR).  It's okay fun, but the weapons aren't very visceral, the sound is meh, and the text is extraordinarily blurry on my non-HD set (I'd blame my TV, but I have no problem with any other game being this unreadable).  I'll probably get in a few more rounds, but my initial feeling is that if I pick up GR:AW tomorrow, this is indefinitely on hold.
1210  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Outfit Demo on Marketplace... on: March 04, 2006, 05:25:48 PM
My money is on Monday morning.
1211  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Battlefield 2 Multi Demo - Mid March on: March 03, 2006, 04:29:24 AM
Well, we all know how demo rumors are turning out lately.  smile
1212  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Ghost Recon Demo - Sometime in the next year on: March 03, 2006, 01:31:06 AM
Signs start to be pointing towards fake, it seems like.
1213  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Ghost Recon Demo - Sometime in the next year on: March 03, 2006, 01:11:37 AM
I think since the day shift is out, we can pretty much assume we won't see the demo until tomorrow at the earliest.  Just because they gave MS the demo today doesn't mean they'll be in any rush to get it on the Marketplace today.
1214  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FNR3: Official Lockdown Knockdown Tourney (Sign up here) on: February 28, 2006, 07:49:29 PM
Definitely all for a Config 1 contest.  We could set up a seperate, lesser belt for all the Facebutton McGee's out there.
1215  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FNR3: Official Lockdown Knockdown Tourney (Sign up here) on: February 27, 2006, 07:17:54 PM
Put my boxer up as Hagler, I suppose.
1216  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FNR3: Official Lockdown Knockdown Tourney (Sign up here) on: February 27, 2006, 12:10:18 AM
GamertaG:  KeySJU
Middleweight Fighter: TBD
Availability: Everything but Wednesday night
1217  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Fight Night 3 impressions on: February 24, 2006, 09:34:27 PM
As soon as evening hits and my campus connection calms down enough to get rid of the lag... you're all on.
1218  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Fight Night 3 impressions on: February 22, 2006, 07:02:53 PM
Absolutely pick it up if you don't like the twitch-based games, DiscoJason.  This game is far, far more focused on the strategic elements of boxing (single rounds are 3 minutes, and most fights go at least 4 rounds) rather than landing the first combo and dominating from there.  Well-timed punches can turn a fight around, but you don't have to land something in the .0002 seconds that a twitch game gives you to counter.

Besides, because the fights last so long, I'm guessing this will be a really great social game among the OO and GT crowds.
1219  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Tha Con$pirator ft. $paniel is coming... on: February 22, 2006, 02:28:06 PM
This is now on my last.fm profile for all to see.

I'm not really sure how that makes me feel.
1220  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Fight Night 3 impressions on: February 22, 2006, 06:32:26 AM
Played through the rest of the ESPN Classics mode tonight, and one multiplayer match.

I highly recommend doing the Classics (at least half) before starting a career; it both unlocks various styles and kits for you and allows you to try out a bunch of styles so you can know what you like better before you start a career.  Plus, they're just plain fun.  It probably took me and my roomie about 6 hours total to burn through the whole list (doing part of it on hard), but I've picked up a much better understanding of the various fight styles and an appreciation of how much they affect the gameplay.  The fights are all very well-done, and any of the matches can go either way; which ones are easy seems to depend on your preferred style, as my roomie can breeze through my tough fights and vice versa.  This Classics mode will definitely be a nice one to duck back to once in a while, especially when I have friends over; since all the matches are more or less balanced, this should cut down on whining about which boxer is unbalanced.  smile

On a whim, I tried out a quick game on Live before stopping for the night.  It was a little laggy, but it didn't effect gameplay too terribly much.  It took me about half a round to adjust to the pace, and then I was fine.  Knocked out some random guy playing Jones Jr., with me playing Holyfield.  I'm sure it will be more fun to play against you guys than random people, but I'm also looking forward to some ranked fights, too.

Seeing as I haven't even touched the career or Hard Hits modes, and I've barely even begun to scratch the surface of multiplayer, I think this game might have some legs to it.  The difficulty in SP is fine; I put it up to Hard for a while, but dropped it to Medium while fighting with a few fighters whose styles I just couldn't adapt to very well in Classics mode; Medium is providing a satisfying but not frustrating challenge, but Hard wasn't such a step up that I'll never put the difficulty there.

Also, for people who played the demo: still not sold on the commentary entirely (more on that later, when my impressions solidify), but replays are much better overall in the retail box.
1221  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Fight Night 3 impressions on: February 21, 2006, 08:17:49 PM
Quote from: "tru1cy"
Rate the difficulty?  Also buy or rental?


Bought it.  Not sure if it has legs in career mode, but I tend to play FN games to death, so I'm pretty sure I'll get my money's worth.

Difficulty, it's hard to say.  The one fight at medium wasn't difficult at all for me, but I prefer speed-style fighters, and I put in a LOT of time on the demo.  Hard felt about right for my level; I fell once, and clinched out quite a few times.  We'll see how I do at the lower tiers of the career mode before I make a judgement.

Good things about the difficulty: it never felt, even on Medium, like a completely foregone conclusion.  There were a few moments when Frazier could have put me down and forced me to clinch out, and capitalizing on a few of those could have swung the fight hugely.  It really does come down to countering a fighting style; against Frazier, I had to parry the big shots for the win, and against Ali, I had to ride out the wave of fast, light punches, and press the advantage to get in big body shots when I could, without leaving myself open for any huge flurries.  It seems like, at least between these two fighters, it's balanced enough that you can't just power through every time, or rely simply on landing more shots.
1222  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Fight Night 3 impressions on: February 21, 2006, 07:38:06 PM
Impressions!

Quick ones, though, managed to grab a quick fight before a phone meeting.

First of all, the interface is kind of 'meh'.  The menu system is alright, but the way it always asks which memory unit (I only have the hard drive) is kind of annoying.  Totally different, much better interface within the Live portion, there are about 150 people playing right now online.  Jumped back offline to start an ESPN Classics fight (Ali vs. Frazier, of course).  There's a nice little intro in which they give a bit of advice on each fighter's style.

In-game, things are about as the demo would indicate.  Didn't play long enough to get too much of a feel for the commentary; they weren't too far off most of the time, though.  Hoping it's an improvement over the demo long-term.  The graphics are gorgeous; they manage to keep that quality from the demo gym all the way up to the scale of the stadium environment, and the fighters look as good as the two in the demo.  Ali and Frazier have pretty well-done styles, and fighting as each one definitely felt like a different fight.  Wrecked Frazier in 4 as Ali with lightning speed, but taking control of Frazier then felt like driving a truck.  Took me six rounds to finish Ali (although I upped the difficulty to Hard in between), whose speed gave me trouble.  I just had to keep concentrating on the body and wearing him down with isolated big hooks to the midsection.

Haven't tried the cutman, listened to the between-round trainer dialogue, or done a host of other things yet.  Beating each fighter unlocked the style of the defeated fighter (i.e., when you beat Frazier, you get the 'Bully' style), and Ali also yielded a fight package, which means I'll probably be playing through the Classics mode a lot more before creating a fighter so I can mess around with more styles.  Not sure if this is for every Classic fight or just the Ali-Frazier one.

Hit me with questions: should be able to hop on and answer later today.
1223  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Sweet Science on: February 14, 2006, 01:07:44 AM
In in in.
1224  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Marble Blast Online Rocks... Who's got it?? on: February 05, 2006, 06:31:12 PM
I'm considering this.  Good game for a dorm room, you guys think?
1225  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game trading experiment on: February 02, 2006, 09:47:33 PM
I'm actually trying to get this going myself.  With the Xbox 360, I bought two games (PDZ and PGR3) and have bought 2 since (Condemned and NHL2K6).  I've already traded Condemned for NFS:MW, and PGR3 and PDZ will soon be on my trading block.  Ideally, I'd like to keep about four games in the collection (although I suspect FN3 will be a Day 1 for me), so that I can always be close to beating and trading one of them.  We'll see how it works.
1226  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Geometry Wars rawks on: February 02, 2006, 05:34:09 PM
I just needed to resurrect this thread to say that Destructor's score in Evolved... is unseated.  Booyah!
1227  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / College assistance network for GT'ers on: January 24, 2006, 12:24:19 AM
I can help with any questions.  Third-year student at St. John's University in Queens, NY, with a CS major and business option, and I'm interning at a Manhattan consulting firm.  I can probably answer some CS questions, plenty of business ones, and one or two consultish ones.  smile
1228  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MVP '06 Coming Soon...Ping! on: January 24, 2006, 12:22:26 AM
Someone load up the stadium for St. John's (Queens, NY) and tell me how it looks.  I'd love to pick this up out of some misplaced sense of loyalty to our sports teams, but I'm rethinking after the comments here.
1229  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox Live 360 games, what are you playing? on: January 24, 2006, 12:07:29 AM
Loving the Geometry Wars, Gauntlet, and SmashTV, and trying to wrap up Condemned so I can trade it; after that I'm going to run co-op through PDZ with the roomies so I can try to trade that off, too, and then wrapping up PGR3 so I can trade that.  If you can't tell, I'm itching to try out some of the other stuff.

Loving the 360 so far, in total.
1230  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hockey Talk! on: January 23, 2006, 07:37:40 AM
Quote from: "depward"
Ovechkin really is a dynamic player.  That goal he scored about a week ago or whatnot was UNBELIEVABLE.  It was fun to watch some Caps games when we had a free week of NHL Center Ice.


Yeah, that one caught everyone.  Since I'm living in NYC right now, I only caught the replay later (missed that game on the radio), but WOW.  He's firing on all cylinders... the neurons know where the limbs are, the skates and stick are, the puck is, and most importantly, where the teammates are, with enough left over to work out the next few moments of the play just so he knows where all of those things will be.  It's really a joy watching someone play with that kind of natural ability on both the physical and mental ends.
1231  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hockey Talk! on: January 23, 2006, 07:06:49 AM
Man, it's a good time to be a Caps fan.  First four-game win streak in ages, and I just cannot BELIEVE Ovechkin.  Not only is he simply a phenomenal player, but he's unselfish even when it comes to his goal streak ending (giving up a pass that resulted in a goal against the 'Canes).

Not a playoff year for us, but still, what a time to be watching.
1232  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Geometry Wars rawks on: January 23, 2006, 07:02:06 AM
I have PDZ, which is fun.

I have PGR3, which is insanely addictive in stretches and gorgeous to look at.

I just bought Condemned, which is reminding me heavily of Millennium, one of my favorite TV shows ever and one I'm currently rewatching through.

So why, oh why, oh why, does 90% of my time on the 360 still get spent on this game?  I'm so determined to hit 500K it's frightening.
1233  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Geometry Wars rawks on: January 17, 2006, 07:59:07 PM
Quote from: "shon"
For some reason on Geometry wars my hi-score never saves it is always 10,000 everytime I play.


The high score never saves, but the leaderboard score remains.
1234  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / GTOfficial x360 Live Gamertag List on: January 05, 2006, 11:18:16 PM
I'm on Live as KeySJU, and I've got PGR3 and PDZ for now.
1235  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fight Night Round 3 DEMO!!! On Xbox Live Marketplace NOW! on: January 05, 2006, 06:42:49 PM
I'm going to have to put more time in on this one.  I love it, but the controls didn't seem quite as fluid and responsive as they did for FN Round 2.  I'm not sure whether that's because it's a pre-release demo, if I'm remembering wrong, if there are serious underlying problems, or whether I just really, really don't like Bernard Hopkins' style.

Still a Day 1 purchase for me, though.
1236  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fight Night Round 3 DEMO!!! On Xbox Live Marketplace NOW! on: January 05, 2006, 05:31:07 PM
If it's the same as the first one for face button punching, you hit both jab and hook simultaneously for an uppercut (been a while, so I'm not 100% on this).  As for haymakers, I believe that's only available with the Total Punch Control.

Reallly, I'd advise trying out TPC again.  It's a pretty simple system once you get the hang of it, and it feels a lot better than just mashing face buttons.
1237  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 07, 2005, 03:02:06 AM
I think I've seen that exact 'Why Lie?' guy in Manhattan.
1238  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / There's a part of me that wants to see what happens on: January 03, 2005, 12:56:46 AM
It demands sacrifice.  I recommend the pretext of a party.  Ask your ceremonial victim to heat up the nachos in the nuke.
1239  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Merry Christmas to all! on: December 26, 2004, 11:54:17 PM
Quote from: "Zarkon"
Quote from: "Clanwolfer"
If we're doing tallies:
Tie tack/soccer jersey from Chile where my dad spent the last month
The official 'mission shirt' from the joint NASA/Chilean Armada mission he was on
America: The Book, a book from one of the essayists interviewed on the Daily Show, and a $25 B&N gift card
All-day paintball pass with equipment rental
Some really nice athletic wear; sweatshirt, shorts, and one of those nice Under Armour shirts.


I got America from a B Dalton that's shutting down for $15.  It's actually by the host of the Daily Show, Jon Stewart. smile  And it's funny as hell.


I know it's by the host... I meant I got another book from one of his interviewees on the show.  I'm more convinced with every year that Jon Stewart is one of the great interviewers of this generation... his talents are wasted on pimping bad movies and TV shows.
1240  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / I feel gross and dirty. on: December 25, 2004, 07:55:42 PM
News flash: you're on the Internet.  In a community exceeding 250 people, you cannot stop asshattery.
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